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League Of Women's Voters Host Candidate Forums In Glen Rock, Fair Lawn

New Jersey League of Women Votersis holding local forums where voters hear candidate debates and ask questions ahead of elections.
New Jersey League of Women Votersis holding local forums where voters hear candidate debates and ask questions ahead of elections. Photo Credit: Contributed

The League of Women’s Voters is hosting candidates night forums for Fair Lawn and Glen Rock voters to have an opportunity to hear local candidates on the issues.

"It's about the only time and the only way that voters have a chance to see opponents face to face," Bergen County League of Women Voters Vice President Lucy Heller told Daily Voice.

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the League of Women Voters for both Bergen County and Glen Rock will host a forum for Board of Education candidates at Central Elementary School at 600 Maple Ave. in the gym from 7-9 p.m.

On Wednesday, Oct. 21 another forum will be held at 7 p.m. for those running for mayor and two council seats in the Council Chambers at Glen Rock Borough Hall, at 1 Harding Place.

The county league will also pair with League of Women Voters of Fair Lawn on Thursday, Oct. 15 for council candidates looking to fill three seats. The forum will be held at 8 p.m. in Council Chambers at Borough Hall, at 8-01 Fair Lawn Ave. This debate will also be televised on Fair Lawn TV, Channel 77 on Cablevision and Channel 37 on Verizon FIOS.

The League of Women Voters, a 95-year-old nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government.

"For the most part, the candidates confirm their availability in advance, but on occasion, we have had to figure things out on the night of the event," Heller explained. "If a candidate gets too personal, that opens the floor for the other candidate to respond.”

The group holds candidates forums as long as both major parties appear and if they are on the ballot. If there is an imbalance in representation, the attending candidates are free to answer questions from the crowd without debate.

A moderator will help field the public's questions and limit candidates answers to one minute, addressing topics pertaining to the region.

CLICK HERE for more info about the League of Women's Voters.

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